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India re-affirms Indo-Pacific grouping is not aimed at containing China

India re-affirms Indo-Pacific grouping is not aimed at containing China

India on Friday reaffirmed that its Indo-Pacific strategy is not aimed at China’s containment. During the second India-China Maritime Affairs Dialogue held in Beijing, the Indian delegation led by Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) in the Ministry of External Affairs, cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks at the Shangrila dialogue in Singapore in June to support his...

UN arrives at agreement on improved ways of managing migrants but US stays out

UN arrives at agreement on improved ways of managing migrants but US stays out

The United Nations on Friday completed an agreement on improved ways to handle the global flow of migrants — a pact particularly notable because it was boycotted by a huge and influential member, the United States. The agreement — the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — was negotiated at a time that the conversations about migration and refugees have grown increasingly divisive in...

Maldives President Yameen expects EU sanctions later in July

Maldives President Yameen expects EU sanctions later in July

The Maldives' embattled President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday that he is expecting the European Union (EU) to impose sanctions against his government later this month (July). Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate a new harbor and sewerage system in Meemu Atoll Dhiggaru island, Yameen remained defiant in the face of looming sanctions saying that he would not change his...

Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam jailed in Avenfield property case

Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam jailed in Avenfield property case

In a verdict which will echo across the political landscape of Pakistan for decades, the Accountability Court hearing the Avenfield reference sentenced deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10-years imprisonment and daughter Maryam to seven years. Son-in-law, Safdar was also sentenced to a year in prison. Nawaz was further fined eight million pound sterling and Maryam with a two million...

How US tried to bully Lanka in the final phase of war against LTTE

How US tried to bully Lanka in the final phase of war against LTTE

This essay by the Adelaide-based Sri Lankan-Australian academic Dr.Michael Roberts is an effort to unravel the whispers about an American military team’s secret mission to Sri Lanka at the height of the SL armed forces successful squeeze on the LTTE in 2009. The political significance of such a mission is profound and there are numerous tangential issues that are also...

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